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Jesus could have been selfish, I mean He was God in earthly flesh, and he had followers, he could have asked someone else to fill this need he saw. But instead he filled the need, and he did so to teach us that love is not selfish and that love is in so many ways an actionRead More
Yesterday we learned:
If we are to help someone else we must admit our weaknesses and show the power of Christ through those weaknesses.
Admit your weaknesses to God and man than show where God has brought you from. This allows you to show more compassion and love toward those who sin around you.
I know I said this yesterday, but boy oh boy am I excited about today's lesson.
Are you ready? Good, grab your journal, your Bible, and a pen, and let's get started.
Read John 13:12-17; John 13:31-35 and 2 Corinthians 4:7-18
Write the verses word for word that really speak to you.
“You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. - John 13:13-16
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”- John 13:34-35
Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. - 2 Corinthians 4:16-18
Write your observation from the verses you read.
As Christians we are to follow Jesus' example. Jesus loved and served others. As His followers we should love and serve those around us, because we do this others will know we are followers of Christ. As we work diligently we need to keep our focus on Jesus and our Heavenly father.
How do you apply this to your life?
Serving others as Christ served is a blessing (John 13:17). We are called to show God's love by serving others. If we don't it is like saying we are better than Jesus and we aren't. Sometimes this life causes us to wear down when serving others. Paul knew this so he gave advice to not focus on the earthly things we can see but to focus on the unseen Heavenly things.
Ask God to help you apply this to your life.
Dear Lord, I thank you for the servant Jesus was. I ask you to put a desire in my heart to serve like Jesus served. When I get weary and tired from serving, please help me. Help me to not focus on the overwhelming needs around me, but on you. Pour your love and direction into this tired body. In Jesus Name, Amen
I hope you have learned that as much as I have through this study. Show me pictures of your journal? What part of redemption stuck out to you the most?
Just like any adult, a young person longs to be known, yet be loved, they long for community. So how can love the young people around you? Well here are 5 ways you can show love toward the children and youth around you.
- Be present! This is first and foremost the most important desire, even if they don’t know it. Spend time with them; let them know you are there. Ask them questions, join in on their favorite activities (even if you’re not good at it). Talk to them. Just spending time with them will help you build trust with them. Go to a movie, play a video game, or go out to dinner.
- Challenge them! Challenge them in different areas of their lives, but most importantly challenge them spiritually. Challenge them to live out their convictions, challenge them to have convictions. Let them ask questions even if you don't know the answers. Show them how to continue to learn. In college one of my teachers said, knowing the answer is good, but knowing how to find the answer is also important. Help them to learn and think on their own.Show them how to use the Bible to find answers and build convictions.
- Respect their opinions! Okay, young people will have different opinions than you. If you disagree don't just tell them their wrong; show them how you came up with your opinion. Just telling them they are wrong, isn't going to work. You need to show them, help them grow. (This is more important than you realize, with a world where truth seems to be fluid and ever changing, you need to help the youth to sort out their opinions. If they never agree with you, at least you have planted a seed that God will allow to grow.)
- Love the youth where they are. It doesn't matter if they are wrong, or in a bad situation. Love them despite this. Show them that you love them unconditionally. Like God loves us despite our issues, sins and failures. We should model God and love the youth around us despite their issues, sins, and failures. Guide them, but most importantly don't allow what they have done to affect how you approach and treat them. They need your love.